Rugby and more Rugby!

The Rugby Championship and Currie Cup are in full swing. Who are the early title favourites? Have your say on our Forum!

LIVE

    Benjamin to play 12?

    2014-03-18 14:15
    Brenden Nel - SuperSport

    Johannesburg - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske may gamble with Springbok Sevens winger Rayno Benjamin in the midfield this weekend after Francois Venter was forced to return home.

    According to the supersport.com website, Venter, who left the field in the 60-27 loss to the Hurricanes last week, has dislocated his shoulder and will head back to South Africa today, where he will see a specialist to determine the length he will be out of action.

    And with their match against the Blues in Auckland the last game of their four week tour, Drotske has been forced to shuffle his plans for his match squad ahead of a tough match.

    While he does have Griquas centre Howard Mnisi available to play, the impressive 12 hasn’t had any taste of Vodacom Super Rugby action yet, and word out of New Zealand is that he isn’t likely to geta chance at this stage of the tour.

    It seems with the spectre of Ma’a Nonu returning, the Cheetahs are worried about defence and believe Benjamin will be a better option.

    Venter’s midfield combination with Johan Sadie was just beginning to flourish when the injury came, and given that the Cheetahs have not won a game on tour, there is a certain desperation to head home on a high note.

    Drotske will be hoping to exploit the fact the Blues returned from South Africa with losses to the Bulls and Lions, and have had to make the long trip across the Indian Ocean to get back home.

    There is good news however on winger Raymond Rhule’s fitness, with his ankle recovering well and it is likely he will be ready to face the Blues this weekend.

    Drotske has called up Francois Brummer, a flyhalf, in Venter’s place but it is unlikely he will be on the bench this weekend. Elgar Watts is set to keep his place on the bench with Riaan Smit struggling with a hamstring strain.

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    13 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read
    Commented

    Results

    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.